Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

City Council Meeting

If you are supportive of the latest marijuana reform initiative in Denver -- or if you want to attend one of the more exciting City Council meetings you will ever see -- please consider helping us out and attending this event.

Thank you for your time and consideration, and I hope to see some of you on Monday.


Mason Tvert
Citizens for a Safer Denver

This Monday, Aug. 27, the Denver City Council will be holding a public hearing on the latest marijuana policy reform initiative. The measure would create a new city ordinance designating adult marijuana possession as the city's "lowest law enforcement priority," and it would establish a Marijuana Policy Review Panel to oversee its implementation. The City of Seattle adopted a virtually identical measure in 2003, and since then the city has significantly reduced the number of marijuana arrests and prosecutions for simple marijuana possession.

The Denver City Council has been trying to derail this very important initiative, and they have publicly stated they will be using Monday's hearing to campaign against the measure. The initiative's sponsors, Citizens for a Safer Denver, are working to counter this effort and use the hearing to send a huge message to Denver officials and voters.

You can help this campaign by attending Monday's hearing and demonstrating your support for this latest initiative. The more people who show up and show their support for this effort, the better. Thus, you are encouraged to bring as many friends or family members as possible, but please be sure everyone you bring appears professional.

WHAT: Press conference and City Council hearing

WHEN: This coming Monday, Aug. 27, 4:45 p.m.

WHERE: Denver City-County Building, 1437 Bannock Street, Denver (map)

A short press conference will begin at 5 p.m. out front (please, NO signs). The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., but there is no way to know exactly when the Council will consider the initiative. If you cannot make it at 5 p.m., please still consider attending the hearing any time before 6:30 p.m. Or, if you can make it at 5 p.m. but cannot stay for the hearing, that would also be helpful.